Earn over 117m annually as Food Security Specialist at USAID US Embassy

Job Title:      Food Security Specialist
Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  USAID Economic Growth Office, Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ugshs 117,730,581 to 172,487,987 p.a. inclusive of allowances).
Vacancy Announcement No: 40-16

About US Embassy:
Welcome to the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.

Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Peace Corps

Job Summary: The USAID Food Security Specialist will manage USAID activities and programs that combat the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, improve food security, and prevent or mitigate food security crises and complex emergencies. The incumbent is an essential member of the Economic Growth team and Vulnerable Populations Unit and responds to the Vulnerable Populations Unit Leader. The incumbent will serve as the Mission’s recognized expert on FFP/PL480 programs, management of food aid commodities, and the design, implementation and management of emergency, humanitarian assistance and development programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Activity Management:
  • Serve as activity manager for development and emergency programs that relate to food security, food assistance, agriculture, nutrition or disaster preparedness. 
  • The incumbent will serve as Alternate Mission Disaster Relief Officer.
  • Guide and monitor all aspects of implementing partner programs, including technical work plans, performance reports, budgets and resource pipelines through regular and consistent site visits. 
  • Mobilize resources to respond to changing food security situations and crises in Uganda; review and evaluate funding requests and proposals.
  • Advise and participate in Data Quality Assessments and evaluations for relevant food security activities.
  • Prepare necessary correspondence, documents, and reports and maintain records and files.  Maintain close working relations with relevant USAID Offices in Washington and Nairobi. (50% of time)
2. Strategic Guidance:
  • Offer technical guidance and expertise on food security issues by a) identifying development assistance needs and achievable results, in collaboration with GOU and partners, UN and private agencies, b) maintaining dialogue with and obtaining support from partners and stakeholders, and 3) supporting USAID/Uganda efforts to obtain AID/W agreement on results and financing, and country and Mission-level approvals to initiate development activities. Provide a full range of consultative, advisory, and analytical services on food security, humanitarian assistance and resilience issues.
3. Relationship Management: 
  • Develop and maintain relations with private, public and international stakeholders in food security and humanitarian assistance to insure coordination of activities, support best practices, and build partnerships.
  • Regularly monitor and report on Government of Uganda policies affecting relevant USAID programs.
  • Work closely with Uganda government Ministries and institutions regarding relevant government strategies to improve food security, including the Karamoja Integrated Development Program and Peace, Recovery and Development Plan.
  • Actively engage senior leaders at all levels within the GOU (national and regional/district) District Disaster Management Committees, PVOs, NGOs, and UN and donor officials, on all issues related to food security, humanitarian assistance, relief and resilience. 
  • Represent USAID in donor coordination committees.
4. Strategy Development and Program Design:
  • Render support to and work with other Mission members to develop the Mission’s country strategy statement and operation plan in the areas of food aid and humanitarian assistance. 
  • Work in liaison with the stakeholders within the Mission to conceive, develop, and implement programs and activity related to food security, humanitarian assistance and resilience, particularly in the Karamoja region.
  • Actively participate in program design, including the preparation of Scopes of Work and Requests for Proposals, and serve on Technical Evaluation Committees. 
  • Write key portions of the above documents.
5. Others: Perform any other duties as may be assigned (5%). 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID US Embassy Food Security Specialist should possess university degree at the Master’s level in public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance or other related field.
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible management-level experience in development programming, six years of which must be in the food security sector.  The incumbent must have demonstrated expertise specific to food aid management that includes the following: design, management or evaluation of international food assistance activities (to include in-kind food, cash transfers or cash voucher programs); managing food aid commodity procurement and/or transport; providing rapid responses to quick onset emergencies. This should include experience working either for the Agency, other donor, multinational or non-governmental organizations, Government of Uganda organizations or private sector institutions involving project management, monitoring and budgeting. 
  • The incumbent must have transition environment experience relevant to northern Uganda and Karamoja, and knowledge of Ugandan stakeholders in the agriculture, food aid and emergency sectors. 
  • Working knowledge of Ugandan stakeholders in the agriculture, food aid and emergency sectors.  
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV English ability (fluent) is required.

  • Program Management: The incumbent is expected to possess the necessary technical training, administrative skills/abilities required to carry out/perform the duties and responsibilities required of the position. Post entry training will, therefore, be focused primarily on the Agency-specific policies, procedures and regulations that govern programming of Food for Peace and OFDA assistance; program design and management; and USAID management systems. (2) The incumbent must have sound knowledge of the way USAID offices of Food for Peace and Foreign Disaster Assistance conduct business, including budgeting and programming and procurement procedures. S/he must understand and appropriately apply Agency policy, regulations, procedures and documentation.
  • Communication, Interpersonal and Analytical Skills:  Ability to able to communicate effectively and accurately is critical to perform successfully in this position. The incumbent must read, write and speak English at FSI level-4 proficiency; be able to prepare and produce professional level English-language correspondence and reports, and maintain documents and files.
  • Advanced computer skills, to include knowledge of Microsoft word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation programs;
  • The incumbent must be able to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under the pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time in the performance of daily duties and responsibilities.  In this key position, the ability to adapt to the existing management team by being a good listener and a team builder is required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment is required.  The incumbent must be able to provide training, advice and support to U.S. Direct-Hire, U.S. Personal Services Contractor(s) and FSN Colleagues on existing and changing Agency policies and procedures related to foreign assistance programming, budgeting, monitoring and reporting.
  • The incumbent is required to have the ability to follow oral instructions and to organize, prioritize and follow through on all assignments with little or no oversight, and the ability to remain calm in a fast moving work environment.  Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with little clear guidance is necessary. 
  • The incumbent is required to understand and appreciate the Mission’s strategic direction, its chief accomplishments and its challenges in order to articulate the rationale, objectives and priorities for the provision of USG food aid, emergency aid and agricultural development assistance to Uganda. The incumbent is expected to have a broad understanding of all economic growth activities undertaken by USAID/Uganda and be familiar with central aspects of USG policy concerning development assistance and the Government of Uganda.
  • The incumbent must be able to transmit and interpret Ugandan attitudes and concerns to senior management and have a high level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues in technical offices, the Embassy and USAID/Washington.
  • Ability to formulate and present expert analyses on complex emergencies and situations, from personal observations, surveys, journal articles, and other documents, and demonstrated ability to express views clearly and logically before groups and individuals verbally or in writing
  • The ability to maintain strict confidentiality on USAID/Uganda matters, as appropriate, is required

How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Download a completed and signed Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff, Download it Here.
  • Application letter clearly specifying the position for which you are applying;
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts;
  • Names, contact numbers, and addresses of three (3) professional references.

Submit Application To:

Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov

NB: Your application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.

Deadline: 22nd May 2016

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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